Our Events

A Night to BEL13VE - Saturday - Nov. 19

Join us for a hockey-casual gala event to advance paralysis recovery for 1.3 million Americans living with a spinal cord injury.  Tickets include Pre-Game Dinner, Live & Silent Auctions, Special Program, PLUS a game ticket to see the MN Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche NHL hockey game live at Xcel Energy Center.

A Night to BEL13VE supports paralysis recovery by funding life-changing medical research.

Be a BEL13VER.

Click here to buy your tickets: A NIGHT TO BEL13VE registration

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or making an in-kind donation to support this event, please contact us at admin@Bel13veFoundation.org

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NATIONAL SPINAL CORD INJURY AWARENESS MONTH


Rob Wudlick

Helped Legislature Establish and Pass the "Minnesota Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Grant Program" 

Late last year, the Minnesota Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Grant Program was passed. In 2015 and 2016, eight grants of $125,000 each were awarded to research institutions in the state for new and innovative treatments and rehabilitative efforts for functional improvement of people living with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. 

This is a huge step forward in SCI (and TBI) recovery for the state of Minnesota. Leading this effort to pass the bill through Minnesota Legislature is Rob Wudlick, a quadriplegic who was injured in April 2011 from a diving accident while whitewater raft guiding in the Grand Canyon. Rob, who had graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Industrial & Management Engineering, fractured his spine at the C4-C5 level and severely bruised his spinal cord. After hospitalization in Las Vegas and rehabilitation at the Craig Institute in Colorado, the Minnesota native returned home and began extensive therapy at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley. He became an advocate for the Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise (ABLE) program and innovative therapies so as to regain as much independence as possible. 

But his advocacy didn't stop there. Determined to make a difference in the lives of people living with spinal cord injuries, Rob became a founding member and chairman of the board for the Get Up Stand Up to Cure Paralysis Foundation (www.gusu2cure.org). The group, co-founded by Matthew Rodreick, who's son was paralyzed in Costa Rica, advocates, unites and works to support spinal cord injury medical research and adaptive fitness. 

We admire Rob for his tireless efforts in legislative lobbying and for his determination to bring SCI recovery to the next level...and all with a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his face. 

We BEL13VE he will Get Up and Stand Up one day. 

 

 

Ian Andersen

Bicycling from Alaska to Argentina for Spinal Cord Research

On August 23, 2016, Ian Andersen, a 2015 USC graduate, embarked on a 10-month, 17,500 mile bike trek from the Arctic Ocean bordering the top of Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina, otherwise known as "The End of the World." The purpose of his trip is to raise awareness for spinal cord injuries and disabilitles (SCI/Ds) and the impact these have on American families.

Why the ride? Because, In September of 2013, Ian's best friend - Natalie Fung - was involved in a two-car collision with a drunk driver that left her with a spinal cord injury and paralyzed from the chest down. The incident turned her life upside down and affected her friends and family. Ian's goal is to raise over $1 for each mile ridden (about $20,000) for the non-profit United Spinal Association (USA) that supports the many people like Natalie who suffer from spinal cord injuries and diseases through research, resource centers and legislation advocacy. HIs goal is to give these issues mainstream exposure and help work toward permanent scientific solutions. He'll be stopping at rehabilitation centers, medic events, town centres, and landmarks along the route to promote the cause. 

Ian, who grew up in Minneapolis, Minn. is an experienced designer with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Southern California. For more details on Ian's journey and to make donations, visit Ride With Ian and to follow his progress and see his daily photo, visit Ride With Ian on Instagram

Kudos Ian Andersen. We BEL13VE in you...Pedal On! 

 

Rob Wudlick - front left

Ian Andersen 

Believe In Miracles Golf Tournament

The 2016 BEL13VE in Miracles Golf Tournament benefitted the Jack Jablonski BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation and our mission to support paralysis recovery.

Held on Thursday, July 28th, it was a great day of golf at the beautiful Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake, MN (www.golfthewilds.com). The event included a scramble golf tournament with dinner and a fun awards program following the golf. Jeremy Roenick, NHL great and NBC sports personality, and John Buccigross, host of ESPN's SportsCenter, entertained the attendees both on and off the course, while a bevy of NHL and sports pros tackled the greens. 

Once again, the tournament sold out, and continued to set a record as the largest golf tournament ever hosted at the Wilds Golf Club.

Many thanks to the folks at The Wilds Golf Club as well as to our sponsors, donors, players, dinner guests and volunteers.  With your support, we are making recovery possible for everyone living with a spinal cord injury. Paralysis is no longer permanent.

BEL13VE. 

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Jabby 5K

2013 First Annual 5K at the starting line

Organized by classmates of Jack’s, this event is designed for the whole family and participants of all abilities and ages.

This is a fun run so you can run, walk or roll on this mostly flat course in St. Louis Park's Wolfe and Bass Lake Parks. The proceeds will focus on supporting the care and recovery for those in our community that have suffered a spinal cord injury.